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Upscale Shopping Area Cracks Down on Photography to Deter Ram Raiders

Terrorists aren’t the only people photographers are being mistaken for in the UK — upscale shopping area Multrees Walk in Edinburgh has begun targeting photographers after a string of thefts by ram raiders, or burglars who drive large vehicles through the front of stores and then loot them. The above video shows a confrontation with security that occurred after a guy and his friend snapped a photo of a shop window.

Amateur Photographer reports,

Though the street is privately-owned, stopping photographers in such areas often sparks outrage, as these locations are considered by many as public spaces.

AP understands that retailers were concerned that photographs could be used to identify security-sensitive information, such as the location of CCTV cameras or the type and make of shutter used to protect a shop front.

The spokesman confirmed that there are no signs at Multrees Walk to warn photographers against picture-taking.

Too bad there’s no wait to prove you’re not a photographer by day and ram raider by night.

(via Amateur Photographer)


 
 
  • http://twitter.com/dalsgaard dalsgaard

    I have seen this a lot lately. Sadly, IF you were a burglar, you would just be discrete about the photographing, not being noticed at all.

  • brian

    this is getting tiring now

    although going down the road which takes more and more of our freedom and rights away
    is never a good thing, it seems that more and more photographers feel the need to fight back and create a scene out of nothing. He may be within his right to take a photo, but honestly… why the big hassle? Does a photo of a shopping plaza really mean that much to this guy?

    sometimes.. it’s just not worth it. Be polite, delete the photo and move on.

  • brian

    this is getting tiring now

    although going down the road which takes more and more of our freedom and rights away
    is never a good thing, it seems that more and more photographers feel the need to fight back and create a scene out of nothing. He may be within his right to take a photo, but honestly… why the big hassle? Does a photo of a shopping plaza really mean that much to this guy?

    sometimes.. it’s just not worth it. Be polite, delete the photo and move on.

  • Anonymous

    Technically, it’s the right of private property owners to stop photography on their premises, but usually the reasons cited to disallow photography are stupid. I really don’t think it’s really going to slow down these “ram raiders” even slightly.

  • Anonymous

    I think property owners can save themselves some trouble by posting rules at the entrances in an easy to understand manner. Last I heard, photography is the world’s #1 hobby, so a lot of trouble can be headed off by making the rules readily known in a clear manner.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marioav Mario Amaya

    If everybody behaves sheepishly like Brian suggests, photography will in very short notice be ALWAYS treated like “suspect” or “criminal” activity – regardless of the circumstances, of time and location, everywhere, worldwide. We need to keep “professional”-looking cameras as a common everyday sight for lay people – not hide them in fear of overpowering security…

  • http://twitter.com/casagli Alessandro Casagli

    you know, if they are that scared by ram bulglars, they should improve their insurance, or subscribing one. that’s what they are for.